Viral video touts Indy’s cultural progress

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s video evidence of what many Hoosiers have known for a long time: Indianapolis is a world-class city that keeps getting better every year. A video that’s becoming more and more popular on social media highlights the rebirth of the Circle City.

The video is a year old, but a real estate brokerage firm in Lafayette picked it up and posted about it online last Friday. Now people both in Indy and beyond are seeing why Indy has the country’s attention as a city moving up.

Say goodbye to old-school Indianapolis. The video touts Indy’s points of pride and progress toward becoming a world-class city.

“It’s a really exciting scene that draws in young people,” said Michael Huber, Indy Chamber president.

Huber said to grow a workforce a city needs young people.

“What we see in the video projects a great image for Indianapolis and projects we’re a competitive city for young talent,” he said.

Huber said millennials want urban living, a local music scene and vibrant arts. Quincy Owens, an Indianapolis artist, knows his place in the city’s progression.

“It takes people that are dedicated to it,” said Owens, “I quit my full time job as a teacher almost two years ago now.”

An artist for decades, Owens now crafts full-time. He said the art community in Indianapolis is full of grit and hungry for more.

“Especially lately, it’s a lot of homegrown, in your backyard gumption just to make things happen,” he said.

He believes resilience makes Indy a perfect place to paint. It’s an up-and-coming city with a lot of flair and Hoosier attitude.

“There are lots of different reasons to love it,” he said, “As soon as you feel established is when somebody passes you up.”

His newest work goes on display Friday night at the Harrison Center for the Arts on the city’s Old Northside.

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